America's Cup World Series  

The Super Bowl of Sailing
When the 2013 America’s Cup—an event that actually spans over a year of competitions—concludes in September, it won’t be to a highlight reel of exploding, spinning stock cars colliding with concrete barriers. But it will offer some of the most ingenious, talented athletes the world has to offer, cutting through the choppy waters of San Francisco Bay and riding a knife’s edge around Alcatraz at almost twice the speed of wind.

Heralded as a potential renaissance in competitive sailing, it will be one of the first America’s Cups ever where spectators will be able to observe the action from a seat on the shore. Much of the city’s historic northern waterfront between the Bay Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf will be restored and improved to facilitate the 5 million spectators estimated for the race.

With over 40 races, spanning 12 months of 72 foot catamarans—a whole new class designed specifically for this event—ripping through the water at impossible angles, sailors arced over the rails, and the scenic bay in the background, the events are expected to offer a $1 billion boost to the local economy and businesses.

One thing is for sure, ORACLE Racing will be there to defend their title, with Larry Ellison, CEO of the sponsoring company, already contributing a large portion of the $270 million in funding for the city’s restoration efforts.

And come September, what is already a marvelous vacation spot on the bay will be seriously jamming with live events, bayside cuisine, and parties to remember.
America's Cup World Series
San Francisco, United States
Rating 90.44 
Rank [category] 11 
Rank [overall] 124 

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